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Bad City Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The Road, The Day of the Triffids, On the Beach and Hunger Games have been made into movies. The Canticle of Leibowitz, Earth Abides and Oryx and Crake are on a long list of stories that have attracted many readers to their disquieting visions of how humanity would deal with or fall apart after the breakdown of the social order.
Toronto author Matt Mayr has joined the post-apocalyptic novel community with Bad City. He paints a grim but plausible picture of grinding poverty, endless violence and revenge. However Simon Gray discovers a reason to find a way out of the chaos and to attempt to return to the small farm of his parents.
Northtown and Southtown have been inundated with massive flooding, an event known simply as the Fall. No one knows much about what exists beyond this little world. The law of the jungle has taken over. The residents are kept in a constant state of fear and dependence on their masters. Survivors grow food to sell in the market or provide other services without incurring the wrath of the thugs that run the communities.
Northtown is the grips of the dictatorial Eli Burton, whose underlings kill anyone who stands in his way except for the priests, who are plotting to overthrow him. Southtown is under the grip of the equally vicious Fisher gang. Both sides have spies and informants in the other camp.
Simon has to walk a fine line between the two sides. His talent as a thief brings him to Baxter’s attention. A courier is carrying a mysterious computer hard drive that Baxter wants. Grey delivers it but Baxter can’t make it work so Simon has to track down the courier and retrieve a code. In the process he meets Anton, whose older brother was murdered by Baxter. Simon is dragged into his plot for revenge.
Meanwhile the mysterious Eva has caught his attention and she shares Simon’s desire to escape the madness. First he has to team up with Anton to settle old scores with Burton and his thugs.
Mayr has a small-town, outdoors background, which he puts to good use in the story. In his depiction of Northtown, the reader can see an urban area decaying under the control of a local tyrant. Thin indeed was the veneer of law and order in Northtown and its rival.
Mad City is published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, a division of Hades Publications of Calgary. It has been published on Amazon exclusive and will be released in other e-book platforms in November, and in print next year.
However this book has none of those issues!
Pros: Technically very well written. Flows extremely well. I read very fast and that matters to me. Didn't notice a single awkward sentence or editing mistake. Plot is nothing special or thought provoking, certainly not the imaginative or technical sci-fi I prefer, but it is plausible and storyline is logical. Characters are not overly developed, just about right.
Cons: A little too much internal dialog and less action that I prefer, not really sci-fi, but really really minor complaints.
All in all I'm really impressed and will buy something from him, nice work!